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The British composer’s love of animals is reflected in his major choral work Laudes Animantium, which can now be heard in its premiere recording with the choir Londinium, alongside other unknown repertoire.

  • CORONATION MUSIC Whether or not you’re a royalist, a trawl through music commissioned for and performed at coronation ceremonies since the Restoration of the monarchy in 1660 offers some fascinating insights into beliefs and protocol.


  • ‘There was a silly authenticity debate.’ As the Taverner Consort reaches its 50th anniversary, founder-director Andrew Parrott looks back on how attitudes towards performing early music have developed over the decades.


  • The Dutch organist and Baroque specialist is a frequent adviser on reconstructing historical instruments. He talks about two recent examples, one in the style of Contius, the other an Organo di Legno for use in Monteverdi vocal works.


  • What do a primary school teacher, a hospitality manager, an archeology student and a bar keeper have in common? They all sing in Scotland’s foremost chamber choir for young people.


COVER STORY ‘An instrument of the 21st century’ is how the German builders describe their new organ for Magdalen College, Oxford. Paul Hale finds it has ‘depth and richness with no thickness’, and ‘a huge and subtle palette of colours’. COVER PHOTOGRAPH HUGH WARWICK


  • News | 13 Recital round-up |
  • Readers’ offers | 35 Graeme Kay goes Freestyle | 55 On release
  • NEW MUSIC FREE MUSIC John Sturt’s The Doubter’s Prayer, for mixed choir and organ, sets words by Anne Brontë.


  • Belgian organ music from Antwerp, Frescobaldi’s Organ Masses, Philip Moore’s Via Crucis from Guildford, Christopher Houlihan’s Franck and Vierne, an unknown Michael Haydn oratorio, Margaret Bonds’s Simon bore the Cross, ‘terrific’ Mozart and Salieri Requiems from Le Concert Spirituel, five stars for Frank Martin’s Mass from Toulouse, an anthology of choral works by Black composers, and Andrew Parrott’s Pursuit of Musick.


Katharine Richman, chair of The Bach Choir: ‘It’s fascinating to see first-hand, different approaches to teaching across the world.’